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Rights Violation: ECOWAS Court orders FG to pay actress, 2 others N18m

By Ikechukwu NnochiriABUJA – The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, ordered the Federal Government to pay N18million to Nollywood actress, Dorothy Njamenze and two other ladies whose rights it held were grossly violated by security operatives in 2011. Dorothy Njemanze The other ladies the regional court ordered FG to compensate are Justina Etim and Amarachi Jessyford. It ordered FG to pay the trio N6m each for their unlawful arrest and detention after they were declared as prostitutes in Abuja. Justice Friday Chijoke Nwoke who delivered the lead judgment, said the ECOWAS court was satisfied that the plaintiffs were humiliated and dehumanised after they were arrested in an operation that was carried out by a joint tas...

Hollywood mogul Weinstein fired after sex harassment claims

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was fired from his film studio The Weinstein Company on Sunday following reports that he sexually harassed women over several decades Weinstein . “In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company… have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” the company’s board said in a statement quoted by US media. The firing came after The New York Times published a bombshell report earlier this week that alleged Weinstein, whose company produced such hits as “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist,” preyed on young women hoping to break into the film industry. The a...

Oghenekaro Itene soaring higher

By Benjamin NjokuRISING Nollywood actress,  Oghenekaro  Itene  who toured the  cities of America for months following her role as “Itohan” in the movie, “Esohe”, an epic blockbuster set in the ancient Benin Kingdom is looking fairer than she was when she left the shores of the country few months ago. Oghenekaro Itene But the Edo State-born actress has denied ever bleaching her skin. The actress was spotted at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, last week, where she was unveiled as one of the ambassadors of the forthcoming African cinematography festival, holding in Lagos, later in the year. She looked hot and sexy  with her skin glowing like the morning star, thus giving away the impression that she is toning her skin. But she dined ever bleaching her skin. “I am not bleaching my skin. ...

Obasanjo makes acting debut in Samuel Ajibola’s comedy skit

Nollywood star Samuel Ajibola has unveiled to the world a behind-the-scenes photo from the widely anticipated episode of ‘Dele Issues’. This episode features the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo and is scheduled for release on the 14th of October 2017. Olusegun Obasanjo Samuel Ajibola who is popularly known as Spiff in the sitcom ‘The Johnsons’ made the announcement on social networking site Instagram, he wrote; “I’ve had this picture for Months, but I’ve been looking at this Picture for the past 3 days, knowing I was going to post it up this Morning but not knowing what to write under it as a Caption. Then I woke up this Morning and the first song that came to me was “you raised me up so I can stand on mountains, you raised me up to walk on stormy seas, ...

With Hugh Hefner gone, some say Playboy degraded women, liberated

Playboy degraded women, it empowered women. It liberated them, and objectified them. Hugh Hefner The legacy of the iconic magazine founded six decades ago by Hugh Hefner, who died Wednesday at 91, remains a topic of heated debate, especially its impact on women. Playboy brought nudity into the mainstream and paved the way for the proliferation of hard-core pornography, while shaking up a culture which had long kept sexuality in the shadows. While Hefner and his magazine drew fire from some women’s advocates, others said Playboy’s impact could be seen as positive in many ways. Carrie Pitzulo, a Colorado State University instructor and author of a 2011 book, “Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy,” argues that the magazine’s impact has been more complex t...

SME financing: Impact of Collateral Registry too early to assess – NASME

By Yinka KolawoleFOUR months after the take-off of the National Collateral Registry (NCR), its impact on financing the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sub-sector cannot yet be determined, says Mr. Eke Ubiji, Executive Secretary, National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME). NCR is an initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in collaboration with International Finance Corporation (IFC), designed to stimulate access to finance by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, again decided to interact with the crowd who waited on the street of Calabar to welcome him during his visit to Calabar to continue the Niger Delta dialogue and MSME Clinics launch in Calabar. 1st June 2017 Positive results The Secured Transa...

Nigerian women are the most romantic in the world – Dave Ogbeni

Versatile dashing Nollywood actor, Dave Ogbeni,  who  may very well clinch the Best New Actor of the Year award at forthcoming City People Awards has nothing but huge praises for Nigerian women, saying they are  the most romantic in the world. Dave poured out his heart in a one-on-one session with Potpourri over the issue of Nigerian women being romantic or not. Dave Ogbeni “Nigerian women are among the most romantic women in the universe, that is, if they want to. When a Nigerian woman is genuinely in love with you, prepare yourself for a romantic jolly ride. As a student in University of Benin I have dated several hot ladies who were very romantic in all ramifications. And as an actor I have come across many African ladies at home and in diaspora. The way they handled me is in different ...

Movie Review: Hits and Misses of Don Omope’s ‘Tatu’

By Isabella Akinseye ‘Tatu’ is a fast paced action drama, centred around the conflict arising from a mother’s quest to have a child and the consequence of breaking her covenant with the gods to sacrifice the child when she comes of age. The movie is adapted from a book written by Abraham E. Nwankwo. Directed by  Don Omope  and produced by  Lord Tanner,  it stars  Toyin Abraham, Kunle Idowu, Rahama Sadau, Segun Arinze, Hafiz Oyetoro, Gabriel Afolayan, Sambasa Nzeribe and Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi  among others. Hits Star studded cast. Filmmakers are getting very intentional and are bringing in stars that appeal to different segments. In ‘Tatu,’ you have old faces such as Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Hafiz Oyetoro, Desmond Elliot and Segun Arinze alongside crossover actors from ...

No, Nigerian women are only romantic for money or good looks – Benson Okonkwo

Benson Okonkwo Controversial Nollywood actor, Benson Okonkwo’s personal mantra is, “Be yourself, people don’t have to like you but you don’t have to care” and the actor has put it into action by kicking against Dave Ogbeni’s assertion that Nigerian women are the most romantic in the world. Handsome and talented Benson, who just gave his career a major boost in a Andy Best’s  movie “King of Fools”is careless whether it goes well or not with womenfolks “Let’s be sincere with ourselves, Nigerian women are not romantic. If they are at all, it is only for money or good looks. Only money and good looks are what  make them stick to a man. Apart from those, it’s a big no for me,” he asserted.

I won’t date Ghanaian men, they are too lazy – Chesan Nze

Pretty and sexy actress, singer and beauty therapist, Chesan Nze may have opened a can of worms many of her peers wouldn’t dare to attempt by declaring in an interview with Potpourri that she can never date a Ghanaian man. Her reason?  “They are a very lazy lot,” she said . As down-to-earth as she could be, Chesan, who is currently studying at Zenith College in Ghana opined that even though Nigerian men are not so romantic but dating a Ghanaian is out of the question for her. “Ghanaian men are lazy, the only thing they do is sit at home, and the lady goes out to get the money to feed their sick ass. They can’t spend their one kobo on women, they are only good in bed, based on what my friends told me, but not hardworking, I cannot date a Ghanaian,” she stated emphaticall...

Nollywood’s Adesua Etomi visits Obaseki, lauds achievements

Award-winning Nollywood star, Adesua Etomi on Thursday paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, at the Government House in Benin City. Award-winning Actress, Adesua Etomi and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, when she paid a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Edo State Government House in Benin City on Thursday, September 21, 2017. The actress, who hails from Edo State, commended the Obaseki-led administration for the giant strides it has made in empowering women and caring for the less-privileged in the society as well as providing critical infrastructure and enthroning law and order in the state. The multi-talented star said her visit was to show her solidarity for governor Obaseki and his team that are gradually transforming the...

Sahara group sponsors young movie producers to London film academy

Winners of Sahara Group’s ‘Grooming Film Extrapreneurs’ project are set to enhance their craft at the London Film Academy on the bill of the leading African energy and infrastructure conglomerate. The duo of Joseph Duke and Chinenye Balogun, who emerged as the top two winners of the competition, which received over 200 entries, will attend the training in London. L-R: Chinenye Balogun, first runner-up, Sahara Group Grooming Film Extrapreneurs Competition, Tonye Cole, Executive Director/Co-founder, Sahara Group, Joseph Duke, Winner, Sahara Group Grooming Film Extrapreneurs Competition and Kunle Afolayan, ace film maker. Unveiled in 2016, the competition flagged off Sahara’s unfolding corporate citizenship model tagged: extrapreneurship. The model seeks to create a platform that finds, creat...

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